Big Stik 20 - Radio control sport model. Discontinued kit from Great Planes. Wingspan 53-1/4in, area 540 sq in.
Note the full (28 page) kit manual for the Big Stik is available as a free download from http://www.greatplanes.com/manuals/discontinued.html
Quote: "Congratulations! We're pleased you have chosen a Big Stik, and we sincerely hope your project will be enjoyable and successful.
Please be aware that the Big Stik is radically different from most of the other 'similar looking' kits available today. The 'Stik' concept was born in the early 1960's with Phil Kraft's Ugly Stik (oz5175) This design achieved almost overnight popularity because it was simple, easy to construct and maintain, and easy to fly. In addition, it had the versatility to be used as an aileron trainer, pattern trainer, fun fly competitor or just a darned good sport flyer. Although named 'Ugly', its big iron crosses and scalloped trailing edges were reminiscent of WWI fighters, considered anything but ugly by many.
Since those early days, many changes have taken place in R/C. 2-cycle engines have become much more powerful, 4-cycle engines are now commonplace and very popular, and radios have become much smaller and lighter. Unfortunately, many modelers have installed hot 2-cycle or big 4-cycle engines into air-frames which just were not designed to handle them, resulting in overpowered or overweight 'bombs' that had to be 'aimed' rather than flown! Perhaps even more important is the fact that most people who enter the R/C hobby today do so with little or no previous building experience. These people find it very frustrating when the kits they purchase contain only one or two pages of instructions.
From the ground up, the Big Stiks have been designed for today's engines and radios, and today's modelers. We think you'll like the difference! You'll see that the Big Stik gives you several choices, so you can build it the way you like it... as a taildragger or trike, with a 2-cycle or 4-cycle engine, and with wing hold-down bolts or rubber bands. For best results, we recommend that you cover your Big Stik with Super Monokote or other pre-finished covering that does not require painting. We caution you against painting because the model's weight can easily become excessive, which will reduce its performance.
In this book, we'll take you, one easy step at a time, through construction of the fuselage and wing, give you specific pointers on installing your radio, engine and accessories, and end up with tips on finishing, balancing and flying your Big Stik..."
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